Books, Babes, and the Business: The Fluffy Fox

Celebrating Women in Fiction

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I am a BritGirl who loves reading. I am fortunate enough to be able to say I beta read for some awesome authors and am passionate about their work. I strongly believe in supporting all their hard work and try to promote them as much as I can on my little blog.

My favourite genre is horror and the huge areas it covers which often spill over into sci-fi, the bizarre and comedy in many instances.

Influential females…..oh my, far too many! I am thankfully now surrounded by so many wonderful ladies it would be unfair to even contemplate a list! Social media is often derided for its flapping, nasty or inane comments or food pictures, but it has allowed me to “meet” some of my best friends and expand on my gang/stable/horde of authors.

List a few authors and my favourite books by them! Ok, lets limit it to my top eight, those ladies whom I would probably read their shopping lists if they published them; with these amazing ladies you are ALWAYS promised a great read.

Kat Yares – has a multitude of brilliant short stories and my pick of the bunch would be Cleanliness Is Next Too….as it made me leap from my bed on a Saturday morning and start hovering! Who is afraid of the odd dust bunny? ME! But from her novels I loved Beneath The Tor, so much I bought a hard copy and have passed it around my local friends. It is a wonderful narrative of what could have happened in the Christ story, KY is delicate, respectful and clever in her ability to weave all the important aspects of Christ into this fictional story with a twist.

Lori R. Lopez – Jar Baby and The Fairy Fly are my favourites. LRL always throws in words and phrases that I have to run off and look up, she expands my vocabulary every time I read her and Jar Baby is one of my favourites as she manages to make mummy & zombie killing so eloquent sounding as you would think you were at a tea party with Earl Grey tea and cucumber sandwiches. The Fairy Fly is not a horror book, unless you are afraid of creepy crawlies and up until this book I was morbidly afraid of spiders, now I can even sit in the same room as them and not have panic attacks, I will forever be in LRLs debt for that.

Billie Sue Mosimen – with such a huge repertoire can anyone have a favourite BSM novel/short story? I can read White Skulls over and over though as it has the gore, back story, interesting characters, plot twists and humour that I love so much in all my reads.

Suzi M – The Immortal War series for me was almost perfection, a brilliant mix of Vamps, Demons and all sorts of other critters mixed over time, space and a 3 way love story, do you need anymore?

Jaime Johnesse – well apart from her famous Bob (The Zombie) Series, her best story was Shifters (which I believe is having an overhaul to make it even more awesome!) and even now 3 years later I still think of the characters from this book.

Eden Crowne – Fall From Grace; Angels, Demons, marks of death and lots of sex! how could you go wrong with that mix! Her stories are complex and intricate and really give a sense of being in the story with all the fantastic descriptions of people and places.

Allison M. Dickson – The Wicked Brew collection for me had the best short story “A Concealed Hand” this one really touched me; made me gasp, hold my breath and laugh. Her debut novel “Strings “ was grotesque in that wonderful horror way that makes you want more, just not after dinner.

Christine Sutton – her Kayla Burkhart series was brilliant, CS took all your usual fairie tales and turned them on their head! Humour and gore combined are my favourite elements in a horror story, the giggle then the slap in the face – not to mention the amazing writing style that CS has.

Current projects? Well, as I am NOT a writer it’s more like an ongoing blog of reviews; although I am trying to bully everyone into answering a few silly questions, nothing like the sensible ones you have me answering! Unless you would like to know what my favourite sandwich is?

foxVix loves the horror genre, but it must be well written even if Bmovie style! She also enjoys sci-fi, comedy, thrillers, biographies and some weird stuff.
Vix enjoys leaving reviews and supporting Indie authors. You can find Vix here: http://fluffyredfox.blogspot.co.uk/

Books, Babes, and the Business: Stacey Turner

Celebrating Women in Fiction

blog header cwifStacey Turner

Please tell us a little bit about yourself… (would you describe yourself primarily as a writer, publisher, editor, artist, radio talk show host…) Do you focus on a specific genre with your work?

I guess I would describe myself as an editor first, publisher second, with writer bringing up the distant rear. The first two jobs don’t leave me much time to develop the last. Although, I have managed to get a few stories published. I focus on the horror genre in particular with my own writing, but I publish and edit a slightly wider array.

Do you/Would you ever write under a male pseudonym? Why or why not?

I don’t think I would. Don’t get me wrong, there is a bit of a gender bias in the horror world, but that just makes me work harder. And if I do become popular with readers, I want to do so with my real name.

Name a few of your favorite books/authors you’ve read recently:

This one is hard, when I have time to read it’s mostly submissions I’m reading. I’m a big fan of Allison Dickson; I think I’ve read everything she’s written except her latest book. And I’m currently reading Belinda Frisch’s new novel, Fatal Reaction, for a review. She’s written one of the few zombie series I’ve enjoyed. I’m also a big fan of Michaelbrent Collings, Kealan Patrick Burke, Stephen King, and Bentley Little. But I haven’t had time to read any of their most recent works.

And I’m always a fan of the books I publish. We’ve got some great authors already, and a fantastic line up of books coming out this year. If I’m not in love with it, I don’t publish it.

Who has been the most influential female in your personal life and how have they shaped your work?

My Grandmother has always been a huge inspiration to me. We were very close and she always had faith in me, no matter what. She was a very determined lady and was opinionated, long before women were supposed to have opinions. She passed away a few years ago and I still miss her nearly every day. Whenever things are really rough, and I’m struggling under my work load, or something personal, I look at her picture and think of everything she went through. She never gave up on anything and neither will I.

If you could give your younger self one piece of advice relating to the business what would it be?

Start earlier! Lol. Write more, submit more, learn more about your craft. Don’t be so easily intimidated. Don’t take rejections so personally. Toughen up. But above all, write.

Do you have a current project or upcoming project you would like to tell us about?

The press has several fantastic books coming out this year that I’m super excited about. I love anthologies and we have six coming out this year. We also have several novellas, a novel, a young adult, a gothic novella, and more. Plus we have some ideas we’re working on to make the press even better. Personally, I’m hoping to put the finishing touches on a novella I’ve written and submit it to a few places.

Where can we find you?

st blog1My personal FaceBook page

The Press FaceBook

My blog: http://www.staceyturner-authorspot.blogspot.com/

The Press website: Angelic Knight Press

st blog2Stacey Turner lives in West Central Illinois.  Four wonderful, adult children call her “Mom,” and two beautiful little boys call her “Mimi” (Grandma). She is owned by cats. Most of her time is taken up with running Angelic Knight Press and editing, but she still finds time to review books & interview authors, write a blog about her absolutely ridiculous family, and write fiction. You can find her Author blog at www.staceyturner-authorspot.blogspot.com or follow her on twitter: @Spot_Speaks or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorStaceyTurner. To contact her about editing, you can email her at princess.spot@gmail.com.

She enjoys editing because she’s bossy. And also because she revels in helping an author polish their work. She has edited several anthologies, including the upcoming No Place like Home: Tales from a Fractured Future and the more recent 50 Shades of Decay, as well as many novels & novellas for a variety of authors.

She has been published in several anthologies and online magazines. When not working, she enjoys photographing cemeteries, playing “what if,” and discussing the imminent zombie apocalypse. She does not enjoy scarecrows, creepy dolls, birds (of any sort), snakes, clowns or garden gnomes.

New Year Specials from our friends at Hobbes End Publishing

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 Sharing some special deals from our friends at Hobbes End Publishing!

Happy-New-Year-612x268Looking back, 2013 was a pretty good year. Signed a few new authors, released a handful of books, and met some pretty amazing people along the journey. We have high hopes for 2014. We will be releasing several titles, and hoping to add some more to the list soon. We’d like to thank you all for being along on this crazy ride. And to kick off the new year, we have some great promos for you! CLICK HERE

 

The Great Divide: A Disheartening Conversation Between Book Author and Bookseller by Allison M. Dickson

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Re-Blog from ALLISON M. DICKSON

Excerpt  “Authors, or any other creators of digital media for that matter, should not be branded as offensive simply because they have released their work in an outlet that is friendliest to their needs, and it shows a huge disconnect between retailers and creators whenever a store owner refuses to accept the hurdles that many independent producers face when they try to get their work into a retail market. Of COURSE we’re going to offer it electronically! You want to sell books, you put them in to every potential place where buyers exist. That’s not intended to be a personal slight against bookstores. It’s BUSINESS. It would be absolutely foolish to do otherwise. Should I be forced to take a hit to my revenue stream in order to protect an increasingly outdated business model owned by someone who would probably never carry my work in the first place if I’d had it printed myself, or who refuses to get with the 21st century and find new ways to cater to readers who have drifted on to new platforms? People all over the country who own small bookstores are changing up their establishments to appeal to readers in whole new ways. Check outPowell’s Books, who partnered with Kobo ebooks, or Politics & Prose with their nifty Espresso book machine. This is how you usher your bookstore into the new age. Not by tearing down local authors whose only sin was to write a book that they wanted to get into the hands of as many people as possible.”

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Trench Coats, Pretty Dames, and Video Games

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Today we are so excited to host Allison M. Dickson as she tells us all about

Trench Coats, Pretty Dames, and Video Games

If someone ever asks me why I wrote COLT COLTRANE AND THE LOTUS KILLER, those seven words will pretty much sum it up.

film-noir-helpI love the way men and women dressed in the forties, fifties, and the early sixties. Everyone was gorgeous back then. Look at a picture of your mother or your grandmother from those days and try to find a flaw. Her hair will be perfectly curled and shaped. Her makeup and jewelry will be just so. Her dresses will be perfectly tailored to fit her body, because the whole concept of buying mass-produced clothing off a discount store rack was still pretty much unheard of back then, and she probably made that dress herself because it was cheaper. And the men, so crisp in their suits, their features and closely cropped haircuts set off just so by their fedoras. Read more…via Trench Coats, Pretty Dames, and Video Games.

Anthology Submissions – Wrapped In White

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Sekhmet Press LLC is pleased to announce our next anthology in the successful WRAPPED series!

COMING MARCH 2014

WRAPPED IN WHITE

Thirteen Tales of Spectres, Ghosts, and Spirits

Here is your chance to be a WRAPPED contributor!
We are very excited to have several up-and-coming authors featured in this anthology and we look forward to filling the other available slots through open-call submissions. You may submit your story as an attachment to sekhmetpress@gmail.com between December 26, 2013 and January 10, 2014. Remaining contributors will be announced by February 2. Expected release date for Wrapped in White is March 2014.
Original stories only please. No reprints.
Any submissions or inquiries sent anywhere other than sekhmetpress@gmail.com  will be deleted. Submissions received before or after open call dates will be deleted.
Stories should range from 4,000 to 6,000 words.
In your email, make sure to include your full name, the title of the work you are submitting, and a word count.
A short Bio will be requested upon acceptance of story.
Please spend time proofing and editing your submissions before sending them. Submissions with incorrect grammar, misspellings or formatting will be automatically excluded from the review process. Those submissions that are accepted must be open to receiving minor editorial corrections.
If your story is chosen, payment includes $25 within 30 days of acceptance/signed contract and one print copy of WRAPPED IN WHITE within 90 days of publication. Publisher will retain first worldwide publication rights for one year from publication date.
Good luck

Submission Guidelines:

TITLE
Author Name
Word count
e-mail address

12pt Garamond or equivalent

Single Spaced

Do not use TAB key. New paragraphs should be formatted with a 0.3 indent.

Do not use symbols such as # or * between sections. A single blank space is sufficient.

Now go write a ghost story!

Best Horror Fiction of 2013 – STRINGS

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Allison M. Dickson presents a chilling tale of entrapment and greed.

Do you have freedom?

Do you have control?

After four years of turning tricks in a mob-run New York brothel to pay off a debt, Nina is ready to go back to a quiet life in Iowa. Just one more client and the whole nightmare will be behind her, but this last trick turns into a battle for her soul. Meanwhile, the brothel’s sadistic Madam has been hiding away money in order to move up in her family’s organization, and she only wants the half million dollars the reclusive millionaire pays for the girls. But her driver Ramón has other ideas, making off with the money left behind when Nina’s last trick goes unexpectedly awry. The theft comes at a great cost to the Madam, setting off a horrific chain of events that changes them all.

The Hooker. The Driver. The Madam. All of them on a collision course to a place where only madness holds sway.

Who is pulling your Strings?

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My Review

or as it has become known: “The Burrito Comparison”

It’s like a delicious King, Palahniuk, Coen Bros Burrito.

A terrifying roller-coaster of a story. Ms. Dickson does not hold back when it comes to pulling the curtain back on some of our worst fears, but despite the depravity, she also doesn’t linger gratuitously. While I was reading I couldn’t help but think of Palahniuk’s novel Invisible Monsters, or Aronofsky‘s film Requiem for a Dream – this novel has moments that I’d rather not experience again, but they are moments within a masterfully-told, gut-wrenching, wicked, wicked ride.

The three main characters have very few redeeming qualities and yet you still begin to care for them. You follow their separate but entangled journeys as they spiral further into the madness that is their lives, the roller-coaster never stops, and yet there is a smoothness to the violence – like a Coen brothers masterpiece.

I just can’t say enough about how well this book was written. I had to read it in only two sittings because I couldn’t stand to live in that nightmare any longer – and yet, as soon as I was done – granted I took a few breaths and paced the floor for a while – I wanted to go back in.
It’s sick and it’s twisted – and it’s one of the best pieces of horror fiction I’ve ever read. Congratulations to Hobbes End Publishing and Ms. Dickson – I believe you have a winner.

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These are some of my favorite short stories by Allison M. Dickson. All available on AMAZON. Most are usually $0.99. The Shiva Apparatus and Under the Scotch Broom can be found in the Endlands 2 anthology along with some other great stories by some very talented authors. If you enjoy discovering talented indie-authors and have a taste for The Twilight Zone  you should definitely invest in that one. 15 Stories for $3.99 (At the time of posting)

Agnes Winters CoverTHE EMPATHY OF AGNES WINTERS

With an astounding ability she likes to call the Switch, hospice volunteer Deb can take away a patient’s sickness for a whole day, allowing them to have one last good day before they die. But when she meets a remarkable woman named Agnes Winters, a deep kinship develops and Deb soon realizes that Agnes plans to use her good day to help the young woman’s own painful burden, and in a way no one could have expected.

“The Empathy of Agnes Winters” is a haunting novella with a touch of the supernatural. It is about the power of empathy, the value of friendship, and the bittersweet triumph second chances.

Dust_Cover2DUST (*****BEST-SELLER*****)

A hungry alien substance has traveled to Earth following a doomed Lunar mission, and it’s consuming everything it touches, leaving behind drifts of gray death. No life form stands a chance, but Clyde Jackson is tougher than most. He’s seen war and he’s been in plenty of foxholes. Now he’s living through the end of the world one day at a time in a panic room that has become his only refuge. It’s only a matter of time before the ventilation fails, and it’ll only take a single gray speck to end it all… Originally featured in The Absent Willow Review e-zine, DUST is the haunting meditation of a man recalling the final days of a once mighty and hopeful planet now quickly eroding to nothing under drifts of gray.

Shiva_ApparatusTHE SHIVA APPARATUS

He doesn’t know where he is. He doesn’t know who he is, but the government spooks have been asking him questions for days, hoping to trigger his memory. His only clue is the implant in his brain, the name ADAM, and a sneaking suspicion that he’s capable of destroying worlds.

Originally appearing in Volume 2 of the chilling Endlands anthology from Hobbes End Publishing, The Shiva Apparatus is a short science fiction story that will make you question the nature and the direction of humanity.

Also, as a special treat, this story includes an excerpt from Dickson’s upcoming novel, The Shiva Paradox, of which this short story serves as a prequel.

Scotch_Broom_CoverUNDER THE SCOTCH BROOM

It’s business as usual for Dr. Victor Barnes, lead researcher at Whitacre Pharms, until a strange little boy named Elvis walks into his life. The kid strikes him as familiar, but the doctor’s memory is fading fast, a side effect of the serum he tested on himself to become immortal.

Dr. Barnes soon learns how much his desire to live forever has endangered billions, and that he must go to extreme measures to keep mankind from forgetting itself..

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amd holding strings2Allison M. Dickson writes dark contemporary fiction, covering both speculative and realistic realms. Her debut psychological horror novel, STRINGS, released to rave reviews in 2013 and has topped Amazon’s bestseller lists several times. She is also the author of an abundance of short stories as well as the 1940s sci-fi noir Colt Coltrane series. Readers can look forward to her upcoming dystopian epic, THE LAST SUPPER, later in 2014. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found wandering the urban sprawl of Dayton, OH with her husband and two rapidly growing children, or crawling some dungeon in search of good loot. For more information on how to reach Allison or to read her blog, visit allisonmdicksonbooks.com.

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